Shenandoah

Shenandoah Fast Facts

  • Shenandoah National Park covers a total area of 197,411 acres
  • The number of people visiting Shenandoah in 2016 was 1,437,341 *
  • Shenandoah was made a national park on May 22, 1926
  • The lowest elevation found in Shenandoah is 530 feet at an unnamed stream
  • The highest elevation found in Shenandoah is 4,049 feet on Hawksbill Peak
  • The entrance fee for Shenandoah is $25 per vehicle per week
  • Shenandoah National Park lies in the Eastern time zone
  • We last visited Shenandoah National Park in October 2014
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Shenandoah Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Shenandoah

  • On May 22, 1926 Congress authorized the creation of the park through land acquisitions. On December 27, 1935 the park was officially established and the Civilian Conservation Corps got to work on trails and roads.
  • The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north to south through Shenandoah National Park. At its southern end, it meets up with the 469 mile long Blue Ridge Parkway, which ends in North Carolina in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trail, including a 101 mile section of the famous Appalachian Trail.
  • The first Civilian Conservation Corps camps in a national park were in Shenandoah, the first one being in the Skyland area in 1933. The work they did can still be seen today all over the park.
  • Over 1,300 species of vascular plants are found in the park, though fewer than 100 of these are trees and shrubs. The dominant forest type is oak-hickory, although cove hardwood and spruce-fir are also found.

Where is Shenandoah National Park?

Shenandoah National Park is located in the state of Virginia. This long, skinny park generally follows the Appalachian Trail for over 100 miles from north to south. The main gateway towns to the park are Front Royal in the north, Luray in the central, and Waynesboro in the south. The proximity of the entire Washington DC area puts Shenandoah within day trip range of a huge number of people. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Shenandoah.


Rockfish Gap Entrance
(38.03788832068654, -78.85552328829363)
Swift Run Gap Entrance
(38.358959368266994, -78.54718726877763)
Thornton Gap Entrance
(38.66215280245229, -78.32032603029802)
Front Royal Entrance
(38.90594143187287, -78.19946569208696)

More About Shenandoah

We have pages on all sorts of things about Shenandoah National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.